Canela, Vino & Jack's Mom
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Born and raised in Chicago; now North Pole, Alaska
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Hunter - Behavior Change
Okay this about my boy Vizsla, Hunter but I need some advice!! I did post on the Vizsla forum but I haven’t gotten any replies back – hoping HF could help me.
Here is the message I posed on the VF:
From all our 4 dogs, Hunter has always been the Alpha dog. He is the oldest at 4yo. However, just recently his WHOLE demeanor has change. He will NOT go into the kitchen I have to talk him into it (baby-talk). For a lack of a better word, its like something spooked him. He is fine in any other part of the house. I am always with them, so I know he wasn’t hurt or anything in the kitchen. Our kitchen has a center island; he will not go on either side of it. I have tried giving him treats, he will take them but then go back to him submissive ways, he starts tip-toeing, crouching and walking with his ears pulled back. If we are all in the kitchen and I leave, all the dogs will follow me out except for Hunter he will go the opposite direction, to the dining room (the closet room) which in off the kitchen and he will sit there and whine in. You can tell he wants to cross the kitchen but scared too. I told my husband it has to do with the kitchen floor, its wood. At first I thought his nails were bothering so I trim them down, now I can’t hear his nail tap but he still very hesitate to go in the kitchen. The biggest change in his life is my husband is gone, he on a month long work trip, Husband left on Sunday, Hunter started acting weird on Monday. Could he miss him that much to start acting weird?? My husband and Hunter have a VERY special bond. They LOVE each other beyond words. I’m very concern with his recent behavior, I thought he would get better as the days go by but it hasn't. This is not the first time my husband been on a work trip, last year he was gone 7 months total but it was 2-3 weeks at a time.
In the past, Hunter was always good for looking out the window just waiting to bark at anything that moves – him just being a dog but he hasn’t done that either.
All the other dogs are acting normal. Not sure what is going on with Hunter.
Any idea what is going on or advice or suggestions to help Hunter?
I wanted to post a video but my phone isn't work - a whole other issue.
Sorry for the long post.
Last edited by BFrancs; 01-09-2014 at 05:16 AM.